Eric Asimov offers his list of 20 winter wines under $20 today, January 8, 2014. Eric features one of our top selling, most beloved and respected wines, Altaroses. Metro Wines LOVES this wine for its commitment to tradition, sophisticated style, incomparable palate and versatility. This is our review by Kevin Tuomy of this old world style Granatxa (aka new world: Garnacha) posted way back on September 19, 2013:
Rich color, smells of fresh earth and leather with hints of blackberry strike the nose of the unique Altaroses, Granatxa fine de Darmos. The wine is made in a style of wine making that produces a wine infused with flavor and balance rather then the forced extraction of fruit and depth by some of Spain's more widely known versions of this varietal. The Anguera Brothers chose to use the varietal name Granatxa, Old Catalan for Garnacha, as an emblem of this lighter, traditional style of Montsant wines. The tannic finish of this 2011 wine seems to predict that it will age well in the bottle. Probably best to decant and then serve with a robust grilling of Neiman Ranch pork, or slow braised short ribs. Biodynamic Certification 2012. $15.49.
THE POUR (in pertinent part) by Eric Asimov, January 8, 2014
"Exploring, a bottle at a Time" An Adventure in Tasting: 20 winter wines for $20 a piece
Nowadays, great wines come from all directions and continents. You can easily be content drinking familiar, wonderful wines. Yet for me, the joy of wine requires the warm embrace of old friends and the thrill of recognizing new ones.
Obscure wines hold one potential advantage over their better-known counterparts: greater value. Because there is less demand for unfamiliar wines, they can offer a greater ratio of quality to price. A $20 bottle from the old reliable Mâconnais may bring you a pretty good expression of chardonnay. But that same $20 may also bring you one of the best possible expressions of vespaiolo, a white grape from the Veneto in northeastern Italy that, for now at least, has all the cachet of an old sock.
It’s long been my contention that the greatest values in wine can be found in the neighborhood of $20 a bottle. It’s not cheap, I know. You can certainly find many drinkable wines for less than $10 a bottle, and some wines that are highly interesting for $10 to $15. But the number of fascinating bottles rises exponentially in the $15-to-$25 range…...
Eric's review of Altaroses:
Monstant is to Priorat as Gigondas is to Chateauneuf-de-Pape, a modest but charming region that both benefits and suffers from the association with the grandeur of its neighbor. while proximity to Priorat makes for an easy sales pitch, it also tends to obscure what Monstant does best, offering delightfully amiable wine alike this one from Joan d'Anguera, made entirely of garnacha, or granatxa as rendered in Catalan, gently fruity with grippy tannins and touches of anise and earth.